For years, I’ve watched my bass and guitar collection sit in the corner of the room collecting dust. I would pick up the bass every so often and play with my jam along setup with headphones in my bedroom as not to disturb the rest of the household. Not knowing how to read music and just being able to play by ear had put put myself in a self imposed solitary prison of sorts. Just recently, I decided to place an ad in craigslist to meet up with local other musicians to jam with. I was surprised by the responses so much so I had to pull the ad. Since then, I’ve had 4 requests and have met 3 different folks in my age bracket who I have played with. An individual a few blocks away, a couple of guys an hour away and a guy with a home studio nearby. All 3 with differing music backgrounds has allowed me to broaden my view of what I was enjoying while simply playing by myself. I wish I would have done this sooner. My wife had been accommodating so far with my new jam schedule. My main worry was that I wasn’t going to be good enough to play in a group format but my repeated return requests have proven me wrong and has boosted my self confidence of playing outside of the private confines of my bedroom. Who knew this could be so much fun?